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E6G7¸;D=B7<5 ¡<=¸=<>@=>' ONCE, as a teenage pothead, I was issued an admonishment from an older family friend to get off the goddamned reefer. In response, I think I muttered something about peace, love and industrial hemp; I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember. However, I do recall telling him that pot is harmless and that government resources ought to be directed toward combating the real threat of hard drugs. His reply was awfully memorableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to admit, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real gem, no matter what your personal feelings are regarding pot use. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pot is worse than those other drugs, because on pot, you can be a junkie and live, whereas a methhead or dope fiend will have the common courtesy to kick the bucket

before long, if he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kick the habit.â&#x20AC;? At the time I found that statement to be ridiculously callous, but with the benefit of 12 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hindsight, full of man-boobs and mediocrity, I can finally see its wisdom. Yet, can one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad behavior possibly rationalize mass behavioral regulation? Though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at a loss to recall an example, anthropologists agree that such has certainly been the case before in our history as a species. Advocates of legalization argue that booze is far more harmful. Maybe so, but is that any reason why a second such substance ought to receive the same legal sanction as the first? Pot use probably has a cumulative effect comparable to alcoholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short-term one. I could be wrong: I mean, apathy, credulity, arrested development, consumption of endocrine-disrupting

substances by a population leading a sedentary lifestyle while its property values plummet and its manufacturing base is outsourced to Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;none of these factors have ever impeded American society, nor impaired it to the slightest degree. That must be why none of them are illegal. Yet if I had a dime bag for every late twentysomething stuck felching off of parents, working a dead-end job, impeded in enjoying their intellect and the full potential of their relationships as emotional maturity recedes off onto the horizonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if I had that many dime bags, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only have enough weed to satisfy all those people for about and hour and a half. Supporters of Prop. 19, Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eternal coalition of the toothless among them, want to have their space cake and eat their brownies, too. Pot is harmlessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which is why we need to take cultivation and sales out of the hands of violent thugs. No one should be languishing in jail for weedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; though in California the laws are such that hardly anyone is or ever will. Pot regulation ought to be a matter for local jurisdictionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; except in municipalities that impose regulations potheads donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like. No law ought to regulate what adults knowingly ingestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thus, government resources ought to be directed toward combating hard drugs. I have little sympathy for people who desecrate their bodies. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their secondary victims I feel for. I hate tobacco smoke. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to bars because I loathe insipid banter and mindless violence and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand the smell of stale piss and live tissue as it turns all brackish gray from the inside. Often, while riding my bicycle I smell pot smoke wafting out of passing cars and I wonder when that driver, with his reduced reaction time and titillating, juvenile preoccupations that allow so little distinction between driving and standing still, is going to send me to join the skunks and squirrels with their brains splattered across the pavement. God forbid that day ever comes, but if it does, I hope the ER doctor isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a pot smoker, and that pothead driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer is. Aaron Cress, Santa Cruz


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Capitola City Council 0=0035C< ;716/3:B3@;7<7 Capitola has nearly built out its tourist, shopping and residential zones, so ideological battles are few and practical mattersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially financial and planning issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;dominate. Incumbent Bob Begun, who served as city treasurer, has been a sterling enforcer of financial responsibility. Past Planning Commissioner and Councilmember Michael Termini brings a mastery of planning and housing to the rotunda. Incumbent Sam Storey, defender of social services, and past Councilmember Stephanie Harlan, dedicated to preserving mobile home parks, are also strong public servants. But Begun and Termini are our top recommendations.

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CEAN STREET Extension is a dead endâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;quite literally, for its residents interred at Santa Cruz Memorial Park, catching up on their eternal rest at the mausoleum or awaiting the fiery furnaces at the crematorium. Not much happens next door, either. On the hillside immediately adjacent to the crematorium is a grassy, 2.74-acre parcel that is vacant except for some deer, coastal live oak and eucalyptus trees. But spirits are stirring. Developers Rick Moe and Craig Rowell envision the land as a resting place of sortsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but for the still living, with beds and pillows, not coffins. They want to build 40 apartments on the bucolic yet mildly morbid street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were going to call it Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Curve or Serenity Gardens,â&#x20AC;? jokes Rowell, walking up the grade to show off the view. He adds, more seriously, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really think about the graveyard while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up here.â&#x20AC;? The planned project includes 10 buildings, covered parking spaces and a pool. Each apartment, which will rent for about $1,600 to $1,800 a month, will have its own storage unit and a washer and dryer. The slope is steep, so although the one- and two-

bedroom units will front Ocean Street Extension, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sit high above it, at least 25 feet from the street. Their living areas, kitchens, dining rooms and decks will face southwest. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get good light and views of the Missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steeple, the Metro bus center downtown and tombstones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people will find it disturbing, but we think there are plenty of people who will enjoy the serenity of it,â&#x20AC;? Moe says. Indeed, the cemetery makes for quiet neighbors. But Moe and Rowell canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say the same for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pitchforkâ&#x20AC;?wielding ones farther down the street. Neighbor Ellen Aldridge and several other members of the Ocean Street Extension Neighborhood Association, along with their attorney, attended a city Planning Commission meeting earlier this month and voiced their opposition to the proposed apartments. The land is currently zoned for singlefamily homes and it should remain that way, Aldridge says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very rural road,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our main argument is that the infrastructure just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there to support what the city is planning to do, which is change the General Plan, change the zoning, develop on a 30 percent slope, throw all ¨'

Eight candidates are competing for three open seats on the Santa Cruz City Council in an election that could well see a seismic shift toward the center for a body long dominated by progressives. Termed-out are the left-leaning Mike Rotkin and Cynthia Mathews; up for re-election is pragmatic incumbent Lynn Robinson. Leading the field are Robinson; business-friendly moderate Dave Terrazas, who came within 45 votes of unseating Tony Madrigal in 2008; and real estate agent Hilary Bryant, another moderate. Running from the left are Capitola housing and redevelopment manager David Foster, retired firefighter Ron Pomerantz and grant writer Steve Pleich. Republican insurance executive Kevin Moon and executive assistant Gus Ceballos round out the field. Several candidates several stand out from this generally strong field. Hilary Bryant is a smart straight shooter with a strong community orientation complementing a pro-business platform. Lynn Robinson has proven herself a conscientious member of the council who deserves another term. David Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mastery of the details of governance, coupled with progressive values and a dose of pragmatism (unlike many lefties, he supported a Westside conference center), make him a strong choice. Santa Cruz needs focused, innovative leadership. Bryant, Foster and Robinson will provide that.

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year has been beset by embezzlement and a grand jury report detailing a history of gross mismanagement. The current board has responded by exploring a merger with the larger, healthier San Lorenzo Valley Water Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a smart move if it can be done, though Lompico would first have to repair its system to the tune of $2.3 million. Meanwhile, the very notion of merging has some independent-minded mountain folk rallying around the battle cry of â&#x20AC;&#x153;local controlâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;even though that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly worked out for Lompico. Of the four candidates, Santa Cruz Weekly is endorsing one: incumbent Rob Hansel, the only candidate to come out clearly in favor of pursuing the merger. As a member of the current board, which has responded well to the crisis, Hansel has the advantage of being up to speed on efforts to fix the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaky tanks and pipes. Candidate Sean Wharton, who has served on previous boards, takes no position on the merger and says he would first pursue critical repairs that he says can be made without a rate increase. Candidate Shannar Abraham, who has sat on two previous boards, says establishing financial stability is his chief concern. Candidate Sherwin Gott is dead-set against a merger and proposes a cheaper slate of repairs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bold move, but a secure water supply in an era of climate change and fire hazard is too important to gamble with.

Measure H G3A Measure H is being touted as a way to fund extra police officers, which many residents and business owners have been demanding ever since gang violence began intensifying on the Westside. But faced with a 1.5 percent increase in the utility tax (from 7 to 8.5 percent), which would add $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$6 a month to the average householdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial burden, some are now balking. No doubt thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s due in part to public outrage over police and firefighter pensions. Others oppose all regressive taxes, which this, admittedly, isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though an exemption for seniors and low-income folks mitigates that problem. But to oppose Measure H on these grounds is to ignore some key facts. First, these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t extra police officers at allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eight positions lost through attrition that are finally being refunded. Similarly, Measure H doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring in extra revenue, either; rather, its estimated $1.6 million a year will backfill a hole created when the 911 emergency service tax sunsetted in the summer of 2008 (and a poorly timed August election sabotaged its chances for reinstatement). This is not about a surplus so fat cats can go on a spree. At best, Measure H will restore city revenues to a little below normal. As a well-crafted, necessary mechanism designed to offset the very worst effects of the recession, it deserves a â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? vote.

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the building rules out the window and build a high-density development.â&#x20AC;? At its October meeting, the Planning Commission continued the public hearing to Nov. 7, at which point commissioners will decide whether to greenlight the project and forward it on to the City Council for review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already no parking on our streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a messâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to create a bottleneck,â&#x20AC;? Aldridge says. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the issue of mercury emissions.

Toxins and Traffic On a chilly October afternoon, Aldridge stands across the street from the crematorium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;See those smoke stacks? See the smoke coming out? Those are dead bodies being burned,â&#x20AC;? she says. During cremation the deceasedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and their dental fillingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;incinerate, releasing dangerous toxins into the air and water. This worries Aldridge and an increasing number of environmentalists and neighborhood activists. A few years ago, Richmond residents successfully fought plans to build a crematorium, citing concern about toxic emissions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All that exhaust,â&#x20AC;? Aldridge says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and that all has mercury vapor if the dead person has silver fillings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made peace being on a street with a cemetery. At first it kinda creeped me out. But thisâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;she points to the clear vapor rising from the smoke stacks, shimmering like heat waves rising off the road on a hot dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is disturbing.â&#x20AC;? Burning dead people and their fillings doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother Mike Gilroy, deputy director of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. City planners have recommended a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mitigated negative declarationâ&#x20AC;? for the apartment proposal, which means that the project wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require an full environmental impact report. Gilroy says he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any need to push for additional environmental review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a miniscule amount of dental mercury vapor that can be released from dental fillings, and, as the EPA says, they can be released while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re chewing, not just burning in a crematorium,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What our agency commented on, when we reviewed the land-use permit for this project, we commented very specifically that the project should not be allowed to be built with fireplaces or woodburning devices because pollution from

fireplaces is a much greater issue than mercury fillings.â&#x20AC;? The traffic study submitted by the developers found that the project will generate an estimated 266 daily car tripsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;25 of these happening during after-work rush hour. Still, it found that the additional traffic wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add sufficient congestion to require any mitigation measures. Regardless, Moe and Rowell plan to add two landscaped islands to improve traffic flow.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made peace being on a street with a cemetery. At first it kinda creeped me out. But thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this is disturbing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;ELLEN ALDRIDGE

Additionally, Santa Cruz City Planner Janice Lumm says planning staff will continue reviewing neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about additional car trips between now and the Nov. 7 meeting. Back on the property, both developers and neighbors say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking out for the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent most of our development careers trying to build small, modest living spaces,â&#x20AC;? Moe says, citing the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cormorant Court Apartments on Frederick Street and Roosevelt Terrace cottage-style homes, among other developments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the kind of development the city encourages,â&#x20AC;? Rowell adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an infill project, with city services. We have sewer. We have water. We have power. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the bus line. You can get downtown easily on foot or bike.â&#x20AC;? Aldridge says she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t question Moe and Rowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developer cred. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the project that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does it belong here?â&#x20AC;? The proposed developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nextdoor neighbors, meanwhile, remain deathly quiet about the project. 0

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OMBIES are getting dangerously close to market saturation. What started out as a cult genre, contributing classics like Night of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead to the horror canon, has spawned an alarmingly pervasive fad that, true to form, stubbornly refuses to die. An army of former Boy Scouts has reclaimed the slogan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always Be Preparedâ&#x20AC;? and created a cottage industry devoted to readying our society for a coordinated attack by armies of the undead. A search of the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;zombie defenseâ&#x20AC;? yields mindless hordes of sites filled with information to help a person prepare for the impending invasion, like the

Zombie Preparedness Initiative (tagline: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Your Head. Remove Theirs.â&#x20AC;?) or ZombieDefense. org (helpful rule of thumb: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once she tries to claw the gray matter out of your head, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your mom anymoreâ&#x20AC;?). There are books, like the wildly popular Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead, and a number of conventions, like Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ZomBCon 2010, slated for this Halloween weekend (featuring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombie Combat Workshopâ&#x20AC;?). At the beginning it may have been a tribute to imagination and creative spirit, but at this point the zombie fixation is verging on a collective delusion. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to break out the chain saw (or machete or fire-axâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your choice) and decapitate this trend for good. ¨ #

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Slutty Costumes Years ago, when Lindsay Lohan was an actress and not a collector of alcohol monitoring bracelets, she was in Mean Girls, which featured many astute observations about popular culture. Among them was this memorable gem: that Halloween night is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.â&#x20AC;? And the ladies have worked it. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swing a dead black cat on Halloween night without smacking a bustier, and chances are a set of thighhighs and hot pants arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t far away, whether in black and blue (sexy cop),

black and white (sexy French maid), blue and white (sexy Alice in Wonderland), all white (sexy nurse), all red (sexy devil)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;you get the picture. The very first pregnant nun was clever and cute, like the first dude who got a barbed wire tattoo on his bicep (not really). Inevitably we had men dressed as pregnant nuns, and eventually the deconstruction was complete with a yearly supply of scantily dressed pregnant nuns. We get it, move on. Slutty male costumes are even less inspired. All it takes is a normal costume, sans shirt. The most disturbing trend of late is the slutty costume filtering down into younger and younger ranks. Ten-yearolds dressing as Pocahontas need not ¨ $


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be in a tube top and body glitter. Not only is that wildly factually incorrect, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty creepy. Perhaps Mom realizes she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite pull off the slutty nun costume anymore, so little Sally gets handed the sexy Halloween mantle. No, Sally, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d much rather see you as an adorable witch than a backup dancer for Lady Gaga. (Speaking of witches, will Christine Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell be the Sarah Palin of 2010? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping.) In this postâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jersey Shore and pre-Palinpresidency world in which we live, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s give sluts a rest, shall we? For one night, Halloween should be about being as gross, scary and drippy as one can allow.

Saw Films One day people will ask each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not a lot of people, but some peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you remember what happened the year Saw XV came out?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? If the past is any indication, that should be happening in October of 2018. Every single Halloween since 2004, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been graced with another uninspired installment of Saw. The first one was somewhat original, if gruesome-bordering-on-snuff. It also unfortunately unleashed â&#x20AC;&#x153;torture porn,â&#x20AC;? a subgenre of horror films. The most disturbing part of this trend is the classic horror films that have been remade in Sawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image, such as the new versions of Halloween and Friday the 13th. These new films have no context or metaphorical importance; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pure gore for goreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

sake. Saw started this entire trend, and it needs to die this Halloween, with the opening this weekend of Saw VII 3D. Producers have promised this will be the final installment. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be happy to throw the first shovelful of dirt on its casket.

Disneyfied Princesses There are a few Halloween characters to whom the befuddled question â&#x20AC;&#x153;And what are you?â&#x20AC;? is never posed. The troops of Darth Vaders walk through crowds unremarked, and behind the perfectly obvious Jack Sparrows skip the unmistakable Disney princesses, their mass-produced, cut-and-paste templates the tired fallback for parents who are too weary or too lacking in imagination to resist their kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; addiction to the Walt Disney magic. And yet the costume manufacturers and perhaps the licensing lawyers seem to feel that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disney dozenâ&#x20AC;? costumes need to be further Disneyfied, maybe by screenprinting castles on skirts or gluing a plaque with Snow Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smiling face front and centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; just in case there is any doubt about the identity of that yellow skirt and ebony black wig. And yet thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been any doubt. The blue f louncy dress will always be Cinderella, no need to include a portrait, and when I was a 6year-old princess Jasmine, no one had to ¨



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tack a picture of her to my back for my look to make sense. If a Belle costume is lame enough that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t scream Belle, you should keep shopping, kid, but if it looks like Sleeping Beauty and a questioned child says it is Sleeping Beauty, respect the intelligence of the masses and bury the plaque in the back yard with the fake plastic skeletons.

Sanctimonious Treats Halloween is the blackmail holiday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trick or treatâ&#x20AC;? may sound cute sung out by a chorus of the aforementioned Disney princesses, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a ransom demand and should be treated as such. Apples, mini-boxes of raisins, hand sanitizer, dental accoutrements (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss) and pencils (even when Halloween-themed) do not constitute â&#x20AC;&#x153;treats,â&#x20AC;? particularly when considered alongside the king-size Snickers from next door. Even a kid with diabetes would rather just stay home then be â&#x20AC;&#x153;rewardedâ&#x20AC;? for the long hours he spent pouring into construction of his Iron Man costume with a treat that is really a lecture in disguise. Anyone who wants to get on their high horse and make Halloween a nutritional teaching moment deserves the toiletpaper treatment their house gets. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all given fair warning, after all.

Twilight Mania Halloween really ought to be the only time it is appropriate to dress, act or obsess over vampires. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for kids, to say nothing of grown-ass men and women. To Twilight creator Stephanie Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit, the series made some important contributions to society, succeeding where so many well-meaning librarians have failed by getting young folks excited about reading and making luminescent pale skin, rather than a hide basted and browned in a tanning booth, cool. But these positive effects are greatly outweighed by the damage caused: the abstinence-only message promoted by the book (everyone saw how well that worked when instituted as a nationwide curriculum); the blown eardrums of bystanders, innocent except for the fact that they wandered within a 10-mile radius of Robert Pattinson; the potential biohazard of making blood a love memento. If someone really wanted to do Twi-hard kids (and, ahem, adults) a favor, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stop writing fan fiction and instead get to work composing a resolution restricting vampires exclusively to Allhallows Eve. Who seconds the motion for a new day to dawn, turning this fad to dust?

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Bad Candy And another thing: those weird peanut butter kisses wrapped in black or orange wax paper? Keep those, too. The youngsters wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand for those, not when there are Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Hersheys and Kit Kats to be had. Americans do cheap sugar and fat better than most countries. To patriotically support the troops and defeat terrorists this Halloween, we need candy dipped in peanut butter dipped in caramel dipped in chocolate dipped in America! That means no Necco wafers, with their subdued, vaguely European flavor; no Mary Janes (molasses and peanut butter??); and no tasteless candy corn, especially if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just thrown into the bag by the handful. This is not a U.N. refugee camp and those kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waiting for a few grains of rice. They want empty calories, chocolate and a sugar rush, so no cheaping out.

This was going to be a rant against the relatively recent trend of stringing orange (and now purple) lights outside the house, Christmas-like, in honor of Halloween. Because really, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just more stuff in a world that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need any more small, cheap, breakable items. But the fact is, it looks kind of cute, and who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a little twinkly somethingsomething in these dark days? But the inflatable yard ornament, with its noisy, wasteful little generator running all night long and its nylon all weirdly collapsed on itself in the morning like the Wicked Witch of the West postbucket-of-water? Ix-nay! Get those things out of here! The Santas and Frostys are bad enough at Christmas, but to have illuminated black cats and jack-o-lanterns and stupid chopper-riding skeletons on the lawn for a holiday that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have any redeeming social value is just going too far. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not gonna take it anymore.

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ACK in the 14th century, poet/composer Guillaume de Machaut is said to have described the pipe organ as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the king of instruments.â&#x20AC;? He had no idea that in two short centuries his descendent composers would begin to replace Pythagorean tuning with the early forms of the equal-tempered scale. He likewise would have had no way of imagining the rise of modern harmony that resulted, much less the explosion of instrumental music that would launch the Baroque era and dominate Western European music for centuries to come. If he had, Guillaume would be forced to concede that the concert grand piano is the true king of instruments. Jon Nakamatsu, grand prize winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Competition, will prove the assertion once again when he plays a solo recital on Oct. 30 at Cabrillo Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new music hall. Nakamatsuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, mixing great works both familiar and unfamiliar, launches his 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2011 concert tour, and on this occasion benefits the Santa Cruz County Symphony, which has been struggling through the current economic downturn. (The $100 premium seating will include an invitation to a catered pre-concert reception with Nakamatsu and Symphony music director John Larry Granger.) Nakamatsuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity on behalf of regional music organizations is nearly as legendary as his artistry at the piano. A man of physically small

B719:3A7D=@73AJon Nakamatsu plays Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann and other pieces this Saturday.

stature and relatively small hands, he might be expected to grace the keys with intimacy and poetry. (His playing of Chopin, the epitome of such utterances, has been long and widely acclaimed.) Yet suddenly the man can make the instrument roar, as if steroids stood in for brawn. He himself attributes that ability to the wisdom of his teacher, the late Marina Derryberry. Two composers on Nakamatsuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program who seemed never to destroy even their own second-best works are Muzio Clementi and Franz Liszt. Clementiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, published in 1890, stands head and shoulders above the vast corpus of his student and method works, challenging the technical and expressive limits established by Mozart. Lisztâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three â&#x20AC;&#x153;sonetti,â&#x20AC;? inspired by Petrarch (the Renaissance poet acclaimed as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;father of humanismâ&#x20AC;?) and found in Book 2 of the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AnnĂŠes de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), are â&#x20AC;&#x153;gems,â&#x20AC;? declares Nakamatsu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not the showy Liszt, but rather most thoughtful, most mature in some ways, harnessing all that passionate energy with something intellectually meaningful.â&#x20AC;? Nakamatsu calls Schumannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Papillons

(Butterflies) â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great pieceâ&#x20AC;? that dates from the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early 20s and was inspired by a chapter from a Jean Paul novel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kind of masked Venetian ball, with lots of inside jokes, actually a sketch for the well-known later work, Carnaval.â&#x20AC;? Already, Nakamatsu observes, the two sides of the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bipolar personality are on display. Two great staples of 19th-century literature complete the program: Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moonlightâ&#x20AC;? Sonata and Chopinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat. What consistently comes through in a Nakamatsu performance is the passion he feels for his art. To get him to talk about it is to get him excited all over again. What better endorsement can an artist give himself ?

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Taking them all off was never for the fainthearted, and it taxed the ample wild sides of Logistics Trade Compliance manager Daniel Hughes and accountant Mo Kremer, two of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like that nightmare you have when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a kid,â&#x20AC;? says Hughes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You go to school and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in your underwear, and people are laughing at you.â&#x20AC;? And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s if all is going according to plan. ScripTease is a series of skits formed around improv games akin to those on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but instead of racking up meaningless points, Teasers lose clothes and dignity each time they break a rule or flounder noticeably. Helpfully, the audience howls â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strip!â&#x20AC;? with each infraction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did a scene once where I leapt in as a man and put on this big, waist-length jacket to denote â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;man,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and then I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it off because it was my costume, so I could only strip from the waist down,â&#x20AC;? says Kremer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was stripping and stripping, and I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, my God!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I think I ended with, like, one pair of G-string underwear on and my â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jacket.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot,â&#x20AC;? Hughes guffaws. The closest he

came was a similar situation, a tough game and verbal land mines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Except I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the man jacket,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that point on, I would rather be completely naked in front of a crowd of people than in just a G-string. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not flatteringâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the audience is panicking. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone really wants to see that.â&#x20AC;? Kremer and Hughes are manifesting their own two-person improv team next, heading for greener pastures on a rapport built by eight years of turning jam sessions into orchestral movements. Check these pages for updates. Meanwhile, the phenomenon known as ScripTease exits stage left this Saturday with a vibrant, hilarious bang that will hopefully leave audiences with fond memories of their favorite Teasersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; near-humiliation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go out spluttering, getting more and more pathetic and more and more sad, because that happens sometimes,â&#x20AC;? says Kremer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh my God, if we become a dangly-boobed old stripperâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if ScripTease becomes that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to just have to kill myself right now.â&#x20AC;?

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SCOTT AMENDOLA TRIO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liftâ&#x20AC;? CD Release Concert

Jeff Parker - guitar, John Shifflet bass, Scott Amendola - drums/electronics $12/Adv $15/Door Jazz & Dinner: $24.60/Adv MON. NOVEMBER 1 â&#x20AC;˘ 7 & 9 PM Eclectic, original & satirical


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Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments & have 2-min. audition THURS. NOVEMBER 11 â&#x20AC;˘ 7 PM


Celebrating the lives, times & music of women songwriters of the classic jazz & blues era $12/Adv $15/Door Jazz & Dinner: $24.60/Adv MON. NOVEMBER 15 â&#x20AC;˘ 7 & 9 PM


â&#x20AC;&#x153;...very hip music...â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aretha Franklin $23/Adv $26/Door Sponsored by Soif Wine Bar & Merchants


WED. NOVEMBER 17 â&#x20AC;˘ 7 PM â&#x20AC;&#x153;...the new voice of Brazil.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;NPR

SambaDĂ rings in the magic hour at Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Halloween night.


$20/Adv $23/Door FREE to Kuumbwa Jazz members! Concert in memory of Dale Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke

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Advance tickets at Logos Books & Records and online at Tickets subject to service charge and 5% S.C. City Admissions Tax.

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Despite abbreviating their name in a way reminiscent of fried chicken merchant KFC, the members of Royal Trux are just as heady and heavy as they were back in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, when they were known as the enfants terribles of the alt-rock scene, peeling off heaping layers of guitar fuzz, attitude and sleaze. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartening to know that even middle age canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slow down RTX, and the members are still up to their old tricks, delivering righteous riffage amid swamp-bog psychedelia. Certainly not for the faint of heart, but definitely recommended for folks who remember that bad behavior and rock & roll go hand-in-hand. Crepe Place; $10; 9pm. (Paul M. Davis)

If Ali Farka Toure had his way, his son never would have followed in his professional footsteps. The Malian superstar found the music business a harsh place and discouraged his son from pursuing a musical career. But Vieux Farka Toure had his own plan: he secretly learned guitar and sought musical mentorship in fellow countryman and kora player Toumani Diabate. The young Toureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent and determination eventually convinced his father of the inevitability of a career in music, and Vieux has since proven to be a remarkable global talent in his own right, playing rock, blues, electronic and reggae-influenced tunes all deeply rooted in Malian musical tradition. Rio Theatre; $15; 8pm. (Cat Johnson)

The three-decade trip known as the Grateful Dead has been curated and catalogued and tucked into UCâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Santa Cruz, and if archivers had their way Bill Kreutzmann and friends would be frozen in amber next to Jerry Garciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skivvies. Instead Kreutzmann has gone on to form 7 Walkers, a funk-rock collaboration jamming out new Robert Hunter originals like it was 1965. The heartbeats of Kreutzmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drumkit mesh with Louisiana voodoo guitarist Papa Maliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chilled-out reggae twangs with the symmetry of artists who know that blues and rock were made for each other. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $25 adv/$30 door; 9pm. (Kate Jacobson)

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6/@@GB63 67B;3< The dapper dons in Harry & the Hitmen turn out psychedelic-inflected classic soul music with the verve and style of the greats. Unapologetic throwbacks, the members of the band unearth dusty Motown grooves and inject some interstellar jam-band flights of fancy. Harry & the Hitmen bring a bit of muchneeded spectacle to Santa Cruz stages, employing their own lighting designer and engaging in heavily produced and choreographed sets. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a refreshing sight to see some local boys abandon the Santa Cruz tuxedo (hoodies and Converse) for something a bit more refined and classic. Crepe Place; $10; 8pm. (PMD)


A=C@5@/AA E==AB3@ Sourgrass isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your grandaddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funk band. Lead singer Jay Palmer may have been a screamo in a former life, but the band still qualifies as funk under the statute of rhythm: thou shalt give thy bassist license. Teaming up with the Santa Cruz natives of Wooster was a good choice; a certain Jason Mraz type of bubble sometimes surfaces in the vocals, and this mellower cousin to

Sourgrassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brand of funk-rock adds the sway to the floor-stomping, promising a riotous amalgam of stage-sharing on this eve of Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high holy day. Catalyst; $11 adv/$15 door; 9pm. (KJ)


1/43;CA7?C3 With musical backgrounds that range from classical and folk to bluegrass, rock and world music, the members of Cafe Musique bring a keen understanding of the elements that run through all music. Hailing from San Luis Obispo, CafĂŠ Musique weaves a sometimes lively, sometimes melancholy musical tapestry of European Gypsy music, jazz, tango, folk, swing, classical and original tunes. Bridging the old and the new, CafĂŠ Musique gives a nod to the musical traditions of the past and brings them into the present with a unique blend of genres and styles. Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $10; 1pm. (CJ)


A/;0/2/ One of Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dependable live acts, SambaDĂ celebrates All Hallowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve with a night of highoctane samba, salsa, reggae and hip-

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Film Capsules


Movie reviews by Traci Hukill, Kate Jacobson, Tessa Stuart and Richard von Busack


<3E 1/>A 1=<D71B7=< (R; 107 Daily:

min.) Hilary Swank stars in a biopic about Betty Ann Waters, a single working mother who put herself through law school in order to appeal a murder charge brought against her brother Kenneth, played by Sam Rockwell. (Opens Fri at the Nick.)

(1:30), (3:30), (5:30), 7:00, 7:45, 9:00, 10:00 plus Fri, Sat Night 11:00pm & Sat, Sun (11:30am)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A hilarious romantic farce.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;N.Y. Post

Anthony Hopkins Josh Brolin

Naomi Watts

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger


Daily: (2:45), (5:00), 7:10, 9:15 &

Sat, Sun (12:30)



Daily: (1:20), 4:10

Midnights @ The Del Mar

Tickets $6.50 Fun! Prizes! Sweet Transvestites!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Cast Slugs in Fishnets! Fri & Sat @ Midnight Next Week: Ed Wood

Online Ticketing Available @

Hilary Swank Sam Rockwell Melissa Leo Minnie Driver

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(1975) In the cultyist of cult classics, a newly engaged couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) pop a flat tire in the rain. They approach a nearby castle looking for a phone, only to find themselves in the midst of the Annual Transylvanian Connection Conference hosted by one â&#x20AC;&#x153;sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvaniaâ&#x20AC;? (Tim @744B@/F:7D3( 6=CA3=<6/C<B32 Curry); â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Warpâ&#x20AC;? tap-dancing and other 67:: (Unrated; 120 hijinks ensue. (Plays min.) The stars of Fri-Sat at midnight at Del Mystery Science Theater 3000, the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s television Mar.)

Sat, Sun (12noon)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A biopic about John Lennonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early days â&#x20AC;Ś freespirited, insightful and moving!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Entertainment Weekly

Aaron Johnson (R)


129 min.) The power to commune with the dead is concentrated into former psychic George Lonegan (Matt Damon), but people who have lost loved ones have to deal with his reluctance. Three parallel story lines all

6=E:(Unrated; 136

min.) Parfait -layered study of the poem, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. James Franco plays Allen Ginsberg, with a just-right air of wounded sincerity and heavyweight sensitivity. He is perfect in the section thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pocket-size version of the biopic of the poet. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weakest part is the animation that illustrates the poem itself. Interspersed with the animated poem and the Ginsberg interview are scenes of the 1957 obscenity trial People v. Ferlinghetti. This is fairly

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L â&#x20AC;&#x153;A powerful, passionate and potentially NA ! documentary.â&#x20AC;? FI EEK revolution-inducing â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Entertainment Weekly W

1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 831.426.7500


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;An amusing, light-footed caper â&#x20AC;Ś irresistible!â&#x20AC;?

Helen Mirren

3/AG/(PG-13; 95 min.) High school girl Olive (Emma Stone) gets her reputation ruined and decides to revel in it, accessorizing her outfits with the scarlet A she just read about in Nathaniel Hawthorne in English class. An urbane and sly comedy, vastly superior to Juno; the appealing lead name-checks John Hughes films but this

brush with death and meet in Lonegan, the man at the center of an exploration into the mysteries of death and life. Clint Eastwood directs.


1475 41st Ave., Capitola 831.479.3504

Keir Gilchrist Emma Roberts Zach Galifianakis

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surpasses his conformist work, despite director Will Gluckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tendency to shoot the exteriors of Ojai homes with Nancy Meyersâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;like fussiness. Good work by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Oliveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debonair parents; Scripter Bert V. Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gags are almost syncopatedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relentless joke-joke-joke. The laughs come with the grace of a word to the wise, and the sense on how to emphasize sting at just the right time. (RvB)



Sat, Sun (12:30)


Daily (2:40), (4:50), 7:00, 9:20 &

min.) In what the studio has promised will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Final Chapterâ&#x20AC;? of the Saw series, the survivors of Jigsawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traps and psychological games join in a therapy group led by a one-time Jigsaw victim-turnedself-help-guru. (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz 9 and Green Valley.)

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Nov. 3, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831.688.6541


Daily: (2:30), (4:30), 6:50, 9:00 &

Emilo Estevez stars as Otto, a down-on-hisluck punk kid who takes a job with an agency that repossesses cars. When Otto hears a $20,000 reward is being offered for the recovery of 1964 Chevy Malibu, he figures heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put his new job skills to work for a tidy profit, only to find himself competing with a menacing gang of car thieves and a shadowy government agent get to the Malibu, and the mad scientist piloting it, first. (Plays Thu at 8pm at Santa Cruz 9.)

A/ED77!2(R; 90



Kristin Scott Thomas


show that poked fun at B movies, provide a running commentary for the 1955 Vincent Price horror film. (Plays Thu 8pm at Santa Cruz 9.)


STARTS FRIDAY 10/29! â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lstirring, unforgettable motion picture experience!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Boxoffice

Daily: (2:10), (4:20), 6:40, 9:10 &

Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous thriller stars Janet Leigh as an embezzling secretary on the lam. Leigh is unlucky enough to seek refuge at the Bates Motel, an establishment whose proprietor, Norman (played by Anthony Perkins), has more than a few issues to work

out. (Plays Sat-Sun at 11am at Aptos.)

Bruce Willis

Daily: (2:10), (4:30), 6:50, 9:10 & Sat, Sun (11:50am)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;An incredible real-life saga of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest race horse!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Variety

Diane Lane John Malkovich


Daily: (1:30), (4:00), 6:30, 9:00



Tickets $6

Psycho (R)

Sat 10/30 & Sun 10/31 @ 11:00am

Next Week: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Children under 5 admitted only on Mondays & Weekend Matinees


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1405 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700

226 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley 831.438.3260

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self-congratulatory, undramatic stuff, and not just because we know the outcome. Cable TV all-stars take up the scenes: Jon Hamm radiates humanity as the defense lawyer Jake Ehrlich. David Strathairn gives his best weaned-on-adill-pickle mannerism as a book banner. MaryLouise Parker bungees in as a witness for the prosecution. (RvB) 7<13>B7=< (PG-13; 148 min.) The basic idea of Christopher Nolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film is simple. Led by Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a sort of Impossible Mission Force, working for a Japanese trillionaire (Ken Watanabe), descends into the sleeping subconscious of the plutocratâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young rival (Cillian Murphy), using technology that allows them to design dreamscapes. Because of the complexity of this operation, the team s forced to create dreams within dreams, and each deeper dream takes place in an exponentially larger time frame. The film is audacious and frequently thrilling, especially when Nolan folds Paris in on itself and Escherizes interior spaces. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visionary filmmaking, uncommon at this scale. (RvB) 7B¸A97<2=4/ 4C<<GAB=@G

(PG-13; 101 minutes) Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, about a depressed teenager (played by Keir Gilchrist) who checks himself into a psychiatric hospital. 8/19/AA7<!2(R; 93 min.) (R; 94 min.) Undeniably visceral entertainment, and sometimes hilarious. This cornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto is, as always, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what you laugh at that makes you a moron, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you cry at.â&#x20AC;? One of the stuntmen taunting an ornery ram with blasts from a sousaphone is carrying on the frontier humor tradition of Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;His Grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Ram.â&#x20AC;? The difference is that the ram in the Twain tale is left frozen in space, while this furious

sheep attacks about a dozen times. The tormenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yelp to the beast as he gets severely buttedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;is easily the most hilarious thing in the movie. Genial but horrible ringleader Johnny Knoxville is to a rodeo clown what a wealthy rock star is to a Delta blues picker: someone getting rich from a rich tradition. So, Jackass may only just seem like the end of Western civilization; some of the slapstick horrors here are true-life versions of favorites from Keystone comedies: the guy in the gorilla suit, the dog that goes straight for the seat of the pants, the irritable donkey. Some of the tortures are a little too close to the Roman Empireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s method of handling dissidents, and a couple of the bits here are serious lunch-avulsers. The 3-D helps one get most of the popular bodily fluids right in the face, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your idea of fun. (RvB) :353<2=4B63 5C/@27/<A (PG; 97

min.) A young owlet is kidnapped by older, evil birds and forced into the raptor equivalent of child military service until the wise old owls (stay with me here) who live on a mysterious island can be persuaded to come back and fight to liberate all owldom. :743/AE39<=E 7B(PG-13; 115 minutes)

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel star as a pair of singletons whose respective worlds are thrown upside-down when their best friends die and name them as guardians of a brand new baby daughter. ;GA=C:B=B/93

(R; 88 minutes) A 3D horror film from director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street; Scream). Local lore in the town of Riverton holds that the Ripper, a serial killer who terrorized the town 16 years before, will return to kill those who were born on the day he supposedly died. <3D3@:3B;35=

(R; 103 min.) Keira Knightly, Andrew Garfield and Carey

Mulligan star in a tale (from the novel by Kasuo Ishiguro) of three boarding school chums who face a â&#x20AC;&#x153;haunting realityâ&#x20AC;? along with the general bummer of growing up. <=E63@30=G(R; 98 min.) Once upon a time John Lennon was just a boy living in Liverpool. Examining his adolescent years finds a clashing relationship with mother and aunt, the first meeting with Paul McCartney and the birth of the band that would evolve into the biggest rock sensation to roll stateside. Starring Aaron Johnson. >/@/<=@;/: /1B7D7BG (R; 91

min.) A family realizes that ignorance is bliss after they set up a surveillance system to monitor a series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;break-ins.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;found footageâ&#x20AC;? from the camera is all that remains of their misadventures, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presumed that by the time the game is up, Charles Manson probably wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a better houseguest. @32(PG-13; 111 min.) Bruce Willis is a retired black-ops CIA agent at loose ends until a hightech assassin comes to pick him off, at which point he assembles his old team and gets the brass at Langley all in a tizzy. With Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, MaryLouise Parker and Karl Urban.

>AG16=B6@7::3@ The 1960 Hitchcock thriller that started it all plays at Aptos this weekend.

it tries to make an underhorse out of a very blueblooded steed. Diane Lane, ordinarily a fine actress, gets no help from the script which seems to be trying to make her an anti-heroine. Lane plays thoroughbred breeder Penny Chenery. Ultimately, Secretariat is more fundraising pitch than race track action. (RvB)

A31@3B/@7/B(PG; 116

B63A=17/: <3BE=@9 (PG-13;

minutes) Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riddle: When is a horse a bum steer? I was ready to believe that Seabiscuit ended the Depression. You have to give a good film some slack. I was alive in 1973, the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall his victory healing our divisions over the Vietnam War, though director Randall Wallace coaxes us to believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. Secretariat is inbredâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the offspring of too many similar sports films. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relentlessly thickâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; custard-thickâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and cheap-looking, too, and its story is as fishy as 3-day-old salmon;

120 min.) Fiendishly clever and funny movie about the creation of an Internet monster. As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg gives a master class on recessive acting: heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beady eyed and covert, with the occasional pit-viper-like sway of a truculent, lowered forehead. The film shuttles between the presentday deposition of the now arrogantly rich Zuckerberg, as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sued by a quartet of burned partners (among them his former best friend Eduardo, played by Andrew Garfield). In flashback, we see his

own historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a Jewish student at WASP-ridden Harvard, a social reject whose grudge-hacking was his entry into fame. Later, Zuckerberg meets the founder of Napster, Sean Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;played by Justin Timberlake, excellent as a happy wastrel. Aaron Sorkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild, witty script hands out punishment that goes beyond the financial penalties: this is a comedy in the Balzac sense, a balancing act; the mockery and the disgust for greed matches the essential lightness of the situation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Facebook, after all. (RvB) B63B=E<(R; 125 min.) Routine plotting, if some rousing action sequences, in this Boston crime drama with Ben Affleck, a hunk-sized hole in the screen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the old twobrothers plot, foster brothers though they be: Affleck as criminal paragon and his younger nutty-buddy Jim (Jeremy Renner of The Hurt Locker) ready to lash out and hurt someone. We keep

waiting for Jon Hammâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unshaven FBI agent Frawley to rattle the cages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blake Lively, as an Oxycontin-fancying tramp, who gets the brunt of Hammâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power; she does some excellent reacting to a little bar-side lecture Hamm gives about a $20 bill. Rebecca Hall has too much presence to be just the girl whose entry into the plot causes friction between the two main thieves. The much-rewritten script is choppy and undermotivated, though Chris Cooper and Pete Postlethwaite are outstanding in tiny roles. (RvB) E/7B7<54=@ AC>3@;/<(PG; 102

min.) The vast problems of the U.S. public school system distilled into a quick documentary. Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) follows five young students as they try to get into private schools. (One is eighth-grader Emily of Redwood City, whose parents are concerned that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pushed onto a noncollege track.)

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contention that school funding has doubled while test scores continue to descend. Yet this documentary has the kind of ideology even Meg Whitman can wrap herself around: you can watch it and come to the conclusion that privatization and union-busting is the answerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the same answer weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been given since the 1980s. This may not have been Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention. But as always in this passionate-intensity style documentary, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the possibility of deliberate misreading, thanks to the lethal combo of stridency and slipperiness. (RvB) G=CE7::;33B /B/::2/@9 AB@/<53@(R; 98

min.) Plushly set but terminally awkward London-set comedy drama. The title transforms a fortune tellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prediction into a sentence of doom, as per the line in Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cassandraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only ship sure to come in has black sails.â&#x20AC;? Here is Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

customary theme: given the certainty of death and the absence of God, how to conduct oneself ? Better than these characters. Helena (Gemma Jones) and her husband, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins), have split, due to his terror of dying. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken consolation with a ÂŁ500 a night prostitute named Charmaine (the wonderful Lucy Punch). Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeing a psychic and drinking a bit, though Allen doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand what this boozing might entail as either comedy or drama; alcohol is not his thing. Meanwhile, the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter (Naomi Watts) is struggling with her own career as her husband, Roy (Josh Brolin), wrestles with his unpublishable novel. Roy has his own obsession with a girl across the courtyard (Frida Pinto, almost audibly pleading for direction). Punch is the salt of this movie, a leggy comedian who makes even the minor dumb blonde jokes sail. (RvB)

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YAN BEAUREGARD is keeping his eyes on two ripening situations right now. One of them involves many tons of premium wine grapes. The other one is the any-minute-now birth of his next child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a baby in the middle of harvest,â&#x20AC;? he gasps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope this is a one-time event!â&#x20AC;? If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandably more anxious right now than most of his colleagues, he is very bullish on the vintage of 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great harvest,â&#x20AC;? he admits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cold growing season gave us ripe fruit at lower Brix.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winespeak for the possibility of making voluptuously rich wines with relatively low alcohol. Most years, Beauregard notes, he and other Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers harvest at 25 Brix (Brix being a sugar measurement). â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, we are pulling fruit in at 22.5 to 23.5 with a pH of 3.56. The numbers are textbook perfect this year.â&#x20AC;? Others I spoke with agree that 2010 is looking very, very promising, despite the cool summer and recent temperature spikes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the most unusual growing year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen,â&#x20AC;? agrees Jim Schultze, winemaker at Windy Oaks Estate at the southern end of the region, â&#x20AC;&#x153;with f lavors developing earlier than ever. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re harvesting right now and

0@7F/0@/1 Richard Alfaro, pictured at harvest time in 2009. This year, he says, his pinot grapes are showing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;low sugars with great physiological ripeness.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

the numbers are idealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;perfect pH.â&#x20AC;? (Winemakers adore science-speak.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The aromas are some of the best Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve encountered, and it could just turn out that this strange year will be one of the best ever. You never know with farming.â&#x20AC;? Richard Alfaro chimes in from the midst of his multivineyard pinot noir harvest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fruit is late but wonderful,â&#x20AC;? he says. Like many other Santa Cruz appellation winemakers, Alfaro is seeing â&#x20AC;&#x153;low sugars with great physiological ripeness.â&#x20AC;? Rachel Ormes, Vine Hill Winery viticulturist, explains that La NiĂąa created the cool wet spring and summer that kept the vines moist into June and July. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But pinot likes the cooler temperatures,â&#x20AC;? she adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the yields might be lower, but the fruit is very well

developed and full of lots of nice flavors.â&#x20AC;? Bradley Brown at Big Basin Vineyards admits that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty much jumping up and downâ&#x20AC;? over the quality of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grapes. He also helped explain the consequences of the weird growing season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The heat weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having now is helping the vines to catch up, but the cooler weather in the summer helped the sugars stay put, even while the phenolics kept developing,â&#x20AC;? he says. (Phenolics are the elements of the grapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; biochemistry that develop gorgeous color, ripe tannins and ultimate complexity.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the Brix are too high, it cooks all the complexity out,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the brix are so low now, we have a potential for long â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hang time.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? And that means long-lived wines. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know in about two years. Two long, anticipation-filled years. 0

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Indian. Authentic Indian dishes and specialties served in a comfortable dining room. Lunch buffet daily 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner daily 5pm to close. American and specialty dishes from the British and Emerald Isles. Full bar. Children welcome. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-6pm. Open daily 11am to 2am. Italian. Ambience reminiscent of a small trattoria in the streets of Italy, serving handmade lasagna, pasta dishes, gnocchi and fresh fish. Wed-Sun, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner 5-9pm. Continental California cuisine. Breakfast all week 6:30-11am, lunch all week 11am-2pm; dinner Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun-Thu 5-9pm.

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7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465

meat and vegetarian kebabs, gyros, falafel, healthy salads and Mediterranean flatbread pizzas. Beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tue-Sun 11am-8pm.




200 Monterey Ave, 831.464.3328

Japanese. This pretty and welcoming sushi bar serves superfresh fish in unusual but well-executed sushi combinations. Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm. California Continental. Swordfish and other seafood specials. Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm.



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international wine list and outdoor dining with terrific views in the heart of Capitola Village. Open daily.

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California cuisine. Nightly specials include prime rib and lobster. Daily 7am-2am.

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Mexican. A local favorite since 1967! Full bar, patio dining, colorful dĂŠcor and friendly service. Top-shelf margaritas, over 50 tequilas, skirt steak asada, chicken fajitas, tequila prawn fettuccini, coconut prawns, even eggs benedict on the weekends! California organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Organic noodle and rice bowls, vegan menu, fish and meat options, Vietnamese-style sandwiches, eat-in or to-go. Consistent winner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Cheap Eats.â&#x20AC;? Open daily 11am-11pm. American, California-style. With a great bar scene, casually glamorous setting and attentive waitstaff. Full bar. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 1-10pm. Crepes and more. Featuring the spinach crepe and Tunisian donut. Full bar. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight. Seafood. Fresh seafood, shellfish, Midwestern aged beef, pasta specialties, abundant salad bar. Kids menu and nightly entertainment. Harbor and Bay views. Lunch and dinner daily. Americana. Ribs, steaks and burgers are definitely the stars. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. California/full-service bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Eggs Benedict in Town.â&#x20AC;? Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Halfprice appetizers; wines by the glass. Daily 8am-9pm. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Vegas meets â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s Waikiki. Amazing dining experience in kitchy yet swanky tropical setting. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close. Japanese Fusion. Sushi bar, sake bar, vegetarian, seafood, steak in fun atmosphere; kids play area; karaoke every night. Open seven days 5-10pm; Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm.


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Italian. La Posta serves Italian food made in the old styleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; simple and delicious. Tue-Thu 5:30-9:30pm. Fri and Sat 5:30-10pm. Sundays 5-8pm. Closed on Mondays.

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Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon.


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Thai. The only Thai restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz . Delicious menu is only further complemented by authentic, Thai tea, shakes and smoothies. Modern dining setting offers warm and inviting atmosphere to relax. American/ Steakhouse. Casual neighborhood restaurant near Pleasure Point, offering wide selection of American cuisine, featuring prime steaks, chops, seafood and pasta, in classic steakhouse setting. Open 7 days a week, breakfast served Sunday. Italian-American. Mouthwatering, generous portions, friendly service and the best patio in town. Full bar. Lunch. Indian. World-famous Indian curries, vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Authentic Indian food at affordable prices $8.95 lunch buffet Mon-Thu 11:30am -2:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-3pm. Irish pub and restaurant. Informal pub fare with reliable execution. Lunch and dinner all day, open Mon-Fri 11:30ammidnight, Sat-Sun 11:30am-1:30am. Wine bar with menu. Flawless plates of great character and flavor; sexy menu listings and wines to match. Dinner Sun-Thu 5-10pm Fri-Sat 5-11pm. Wine shop Sun/Mon 5-10pm, Tue-Sat noon-close. Seafood. Offering largest selection of fresh seafood, with wide variety of pastas, salads, steaks, and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. Upper deck lounge offers view of Monterey Bay, Steamer Lane and the Boardwalk. Casual family style dining every day from 11am. Pizza. Pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches, wings, desserts, beers on tap. Patio dining, sports on HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups and catering. Open and delivering Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight.

A/<:=@3<H=D/::3G $ 63/D3<:G1/43 American. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Large parties Scotts Valley 1210 Mt. Hermon Rd, 831.335.7311 welcome. Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:15pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2:45pm. 87/B3::/¸A $ Scotts Valley 560D Scotts Valley Dr, 831.438.5005

Cambodian. Fresh kebabs, seafood dishes, soups and noodle bowls with a unique Southeast Asian flair. Beer and wine available. Patio dining. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.

$$$ Felton

Italian. Authentic Italian cuisine nestled among redwoods, in friendly atmosphere off Hwy. 9. Chef Sebastian Nobile uses seasonal, local, organic ingredients whenever possible by utilizing wide variety of quality Central Coast ingredients.


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/@73A(March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): In the Chinese province of Fujian, there used to be people who believed they could communicate directly with the dead. If they slept on the grave of the person they wished to reach, their dreams during the night might lead to a meeting with the spirit of the departed. I propose that you consider something similar, Aries. Why? Because according to my reading of the astrological omens, you would benefit from communing with your ancestors. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually spend the night near their final resting place, find another way to contact them in dreams. Put their photos under your pillow, maybe, or hold one of their beloved objects as you sleep. Halloween costume suggestion: the ancestor whose influence you need most right now. B/C@CA(April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): In an exhibition at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of Modern Art, performance artist Marina Abramovic stared into the eyes of a succession of different strangers for 700 hours. Actresses Marisa Tomei and Isabella Rossellini were among those who received her visual probes, as well as 1,400 less famous folks. I think it would be fun for you to do a variation on her ritual, Taurus. In your case, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it to show off or to prove an artistic point, but rather to get closer to the allies with whom youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to develop a deeper bond. Are you up for some deep eye gazing? Halloween costume suggestion: a mystic seer; a god or goddess with a third eye; a superhero whose power is X-ray vision.

53;7<7(May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): Have you ever seen the edible fungi known as truffles? They are bulbous, warty clumps. Because they grow underground near trees, specially trained pigs and dogs are needed to sniff out their location. In parts of Europe their taste is so highly prized that they can sell for up to $6,000 per pound. In my opinion, the truffle should be your metaphor of the month this November. I expect that you will be in the hunt for an ugly but delectable treasure, or a homely but valuable resource, or some kind of lovable monster. Halloween costume suggestion: a Frankensteinian beauty queen or underwear model, a rhino in a prom dress, a birthday cake made of lunchmeat. 1/<13@(June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try harder, Cancerian; try easier. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn your focus into a white-hot beam of piercing intensity; relax your focus into a soft-eyed enjoyment of playing around with the possibilities. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tense your sphincter, marshal your warrior ferocity, and stir up your righteous anger at how life refuses to conform to your specifications; rather, send waves of tenderness through your body, open your heart to the experiment of blending your energy with lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unpredictable flow, and marvel at the surprising revelations and invitations that are constantly flowing your way. Halloween costume suggestions: Mr. Smooth, Ms. Velvet, Dr. Groovalicious, DJ Silky.

:3=(July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to change the world,â&#x20AC;? said writer Aldous Huxley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.â&#x20AC;? I suggest you adopt that as your operative hypothesis, Leo. Maybe in a few weeks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make sense for you to shower your loved ones with advice, and maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eventually get re-inspired to save humanity from its foolish ways. But for now your assignment is to fix, refine, and recalibrate your own beautifully imperfect self. Halloween costume suggestion: hermit, anarchist, keeper of a gorgeous diary, do-it-yourself brain surgeon. D7@5=(Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): In last Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national election, none of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three political parties got a majority. For a while, the country had no leader. Eventually, the right-wing Conservatives and the leftwing Liberal Democrats formed a weird coalition, making Conservative David Cameron the Prime Minister. Some people had mixed feelings about the deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said it was like a cross between a bulldog and chihuahua,â&#x20AC;? Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but what I meant is it will have a fantastic hybrid vigor.â&#x20AC;? I suspect that a certain merger you have in the works, Virgo, could yield similar feelings. Halloween costume suggestion: half-bulldog, half-chihuahua; part hummingbird, part-crocodile; equal mix of Gandhi and Napoleon.

:70@/(Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): Five white tigers at a Chinese wild animal park became way too tame for their own good. Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hung around humans too long or their lifestyle was too cushy. Whatever the reason, one of their essential instincts atrophied. A

zookeeper put live chickens into their habitats, hoping they would pounce and devour, but instead they retreated as if unnerved. Tigers scared of chickens?! Since then the zoo officials have been taking measures to boost the big catsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bravado. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worried you might be headed in the tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; direction. Undomesticate thyself ! Halloween costume suggestion: a big fierce creature.

A1=@>7=(Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): You could really use your own personal doorman or doorwomanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; someone who would accompany you everywhere you go and help you gain entrance through the portals you encounter. In my vision of what you require, this assistant would go further. He or she would find secret camouflaged doors for you, and do the equivalent of uttering Ali Babaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magic words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Sesame!â&#x20AC;? He or she would even create doors for you, allowing you to penetrate obstaclesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;going into carpenter mode and fashioning a passageway for you right on the spot. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anyone to fulfill this role for you, do it yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a doorman or doorwoman; a gatekeeper from a fairy tale. A/57BB/@7CA(Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): Is the highest form of courage embodied in a soldier fighting during a war? Irish poet William Butler Yeats didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. He said that entering into the abyss of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep self is equally daring. By my astrological reckoning, that will be the location of your greatest heroism in the days ahead. Your most illuminating and productive adventures will be the wrestling matches you have with the convulsive, beautiful darkness you find inside yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a peaceful warrior. 1/>@71=@<(Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): The average spammer sends out 12,414,000 emails before snagging the money of just one gullible dupe. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to have to be quite that prolific in order to get the word out about what you have to offer, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to be pretty persistent. Fortunately, to improve your odds and raise your chances of success, all you have to do is purify your intentions. So please check in with your deep self and make sure that your gift or idea or product or service has impeccable integrity. Halloween costume suggestion: a holy salesperson; an angel hawking real estate in paradise; a TV infomercial spokesperson for free cake.

/?C/@7CA(Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): Sunlight may smell spicy or musky to you these days. The wind might have a flavor like chocolate liqueur or a ripe peach. The hum of the earth as it turns may sound like a symphony you heard once in a dream. Your body? Electric. Your soul? Sinewy. In other words, Aquarius magic is afoot. The hills are alive with future memories that taste delicious. Your feet will touch sacred ground far more than usual. Halloween costume suggestion: a character from a film that changed your life for the better.

>7A13A(Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): In the middle of the last century, avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger threw a masquerade party called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come as Your Madness.â&#x20AC;? One of the invited guests was the Piscean writer Anais Nin. She appeared as the ancient fertility goddess Astarte, but with an unexpected wrinkle: She wore a birdcage over her head. This Halloween I urge you to be inspired by Ninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to portray her madness as a goddess, but reject Ninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to cage the head of her mad goddess. Find a disguise that allows you to embody the best and most beautiful part of your craziness, and let it roam free. 6][Se]`Y(;SRWbObS]\RSObV\]b OabVSS\R]T^VgaWQOZZWTSPcbOa O[SbO^V]`T]`aVSRRW\UeVOb¸a ]cbe]`\7\bVObZWUVbeVOb¸abVS PSabRSObVg]c¸dSSdS`Sf^S`WS\QSR- 4`SSeWZZOab`]Z]UgQ][

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Watsonville-The Wow Factor! 3Bd Home $299,999 This one is move in ready, everything has been repaired, replaced, painted, planted, fertilized, watered, and it sparkles. Listed by: Town and Country Real Estate Call Josh for more info (831)335-3200

Reduced! Terrific West side location! 3 br, 2 ba condo near UCSC. Private end unit with yards, 2 car attch garage, light, bright & spacious. $535,000. Call Terry at Pacific Sun Properties: 471-2424 x105 or Tammi Blake 345-9640.

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290 acres ! Run your dirt bikes or quads or take a hike and have a lot of fun on the 11 parcels ranging in size Boulder Creek a beautiful building site in the from 18- 40 acres. Santa Clara sun. Half acre. Private gated county. Sun, Views, Spring, road. Easy location. All utili- Creek. Off grid. Excellent Owner financing. $1,150,000. ties in place. Plans included, too. Excellent neighborhood. Donner Land & Mortgage Co. 408-395-5754 Owner financing. $249,000. Land Donner Land & Mortgage Co., Inc. COMING SOON 408-395-5754 50 acres Ben Lomond. TPZ. Homes Love Creek runs thru it.


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